HARMON NOW SAYS, IN OPEN COURT, HE’S ‘GUILTY’
BENTON—Mark Harmon, enigma of Shawneetown/Harrisburg and surrounds, is once again in the news.
In a story that we had to jettison from the current print version (not enough pages, because there’s not enough room in the truck…we’re working on it!), Harmon, 29, bad boy from Gallatin Co. who came over and caused problems in Saline before moving on to terrorism in Williamson, has entered a plea in federal court in Benton.
Yesterday (Friday, Jan. 15), Harmon took a plea to his charge of Possession of a Firearm on Federal Property with the Intent to Commit a Crime. The charge came after an October 2009 incident during which Harmon told a VA nurse at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Marion that he was on his way to the hospital to “fill that place with lead,” this from a Glock he claimed he was carrying.
Officials outside the hospital were able to stop Harmon in his vehicle, search it, and they indeed found a loaded Glock .223 handgun and 13 rounds of ammunition—not enough to “fill” anything “with lead”, but certainly enough to kill people and create havoc.
He was taken into custody and charged federally. He’d been set for a jury trial next week (Jan. 20), but his plea Friday changed that. Now, he’ll be held until April 19, when he’ll be sentenced: he could be facing five years in prison and a wambo fine.
Harmon was the Shawneetown punk who held his parents hostage a few years back. On June 9, 2007, it was alleged that he committed Aggravated Assault, using a deadly weapon (a rifle), by pointing it at his mom and dad. He was also charged with Unlawful Use of Weapons against both his parents, and Disorderly Conduct, in that he threatened to kill them both.
He wasn’t charged until June 12, 2007. The state dismissed all those charges in exchange for a plea in a June 2007 case of Home Invasion, which was alleged against him in November 2006, when he entered Ashley Harmon’s residence.
However, Harmon’s real coup d’etat was when he allegedly entered the Saline County Detention Center some time last year (we’re working on exactly when) and, while wearing a military uniform, advised jail staff that he was there to pick up Jared Coonse and take him with him to a military brig.
Jail staff allegedly bought this story (after all, the man was in uniform) and went to get the punky Coonse, releasing him to Harmon’s care.
Of course, there was no such military connection with Coonse. We’re still working on Harmon’s actual military status.
Coonse had reportedly been jailed on charges of DUI, driving uninsured and possibly others, this while on a motorcycle. His previous record showed a couple of felonies, one, assault with a firearm.
Nobody said or did anything to Harmon allegedly taking Coonse from the jail without authority. Nor did Coonse suffer in any way. In fact, prosecutor Mike Henshaw recently gave little Coonse a pass on some serious charges that he’s sending others up the river for: he’d dropped the DUI, and a meth charge, to a misdemeanor with one year probation and a $1,000 fine, and let him leave to go to work at a ski resort in either Lake Tahoe or in Colorado, according to sources we spoke with last week.
Henshaw was going to transfer probation to Tahoe, it was reported to us, but “due to distance,” the probation was discontinued on 01.05.10…a little more than two months after it was imposed.
We’ve heard this might have something to do with Jared’s auntie, Lisa, left, who has been reported to us repeatedly as one of the many who party with Henshaw regularly.
It might also have something to do with Robert Wilson (no chicken pics, we’re working diligently on getting a real pic of ol Bob), who was acting as Jared’s attorney while he was under all these charges that are now bye-bye. And those who know, know that Wilson is Henshaw’s former law partner.
So the circle goes on and on. At least one of the punks tied up on all this Henshaw/Wilson/whoever shit is now hemmed up.
When it comes time to do a serious investigation on all the antics of these characters, maybe the investigators could go put a squeeze on little Mr. Harmon, too. See what pops out.
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